Past Design Teams

Thursday, May 09, 2019

One more card for the coffee lovers!

It's time!!!  Love when the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop happens...having lived in Seattle for almost 18 years.....I have a good collection of coffee themed items...so I love to participate in this hop!!  So...welcome to my possible last card for the Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!

For this card I used this cute freebie that was given away by Mommy Lhey:


She was printed onto watercolor paper.  I then used Prima Watercolors to give her some dimension and add the fun abstract background.  I think she's fabulous and perfect for a Thank you card with a starbucks card for a friend that has been so nice.

Happy crafting...Lynda



Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Card number four!

It's time!!!  Love when the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop happens...having lived in Seattle for almost 18 years.....I have a good collection of coffee themed items...so I love to participate in this hop!!  So...welcome to my fourth card for the Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!

Here is another card using a printable.  This is printed onto watercolor cardstock; then watercolored.  I then backed the image with black cardstock and then mounted it onto the cardbase.



I am loving all these coffee printables...make card making so much fun when you can combine them with watercoloring!

Happy crafting...Lynda

Third card

It's time!!!  Love when the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop happens...having lived in Seattle for almost 18 years.....I have a good collection of coffee themed items...so I love to participate in this hop!!  So...welcome to my second card for the Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!

For this card I also used this fun printable and printed it onto watercolor paper.  I then added it to this fabulous cardbase that had this awesome pattern



I hope you'll pull out your coffee things and join the fun!!

Happy Crafting....Lynda

Mama needs coffee

It's time!!!  Love when the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop happens...having lived in Seattle for almost 18 years.....I have a good collection of coffee themed items...so I love to participate in this hop!!  So...welcome to my second card for the Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!

For this card I used a free printable to create this fun card.  I tucked a Starbucks gift card inside and am giving it to a friend for Mother's Day!




I hope you will pull out your coffee themed items and join in the fun!  I've got a few more cards in the works...

Happy crafting...Lynda

Sunday, May 05, 2019

2019 Spring Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop



It's time!!!  Love when the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop happens...having lived in Seattle for almost 18 years.....I have a good collection of coffee themed items...so I love to participate in this hop!!  So...welcome to my first card for the Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!

I've been watercoloring a lot lately and enjoying the feel of imperfection that can come from using this medium.  For my first card I stamped the images from the Warmth of Winter Unity KOTM 12/14 onto watercolor paper using Versafine black ink.  I then used Prima Pan Watercolors to color her in.  I just love this image and have used it a lot for cooler weather greeting cards and projects.

I then trimmed the image and rounded the corners.  I then inked the edges and added some glossy accents to the heart on her cup.  I then rounded the corners on the pattern paper and added it to the card base; rounding the corners on it as well. 

Since tomorrow is Monday....this sentiment is very true...Caffeine is a girl's best friend...


I hope you will pull out your coffee themed items and join in the fun!  I've got a few more cards in the works...

Happy crafting...Lynda

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Watercolor practice

So for my birthday I asked for a subscription to a monthly watercolor kit.  This kit is delivered each month and contains 4 paint along packages; which include paper, paint, and the outline for each project.  Each week there is a paint along night and step by step tutorial videos that go along with each package.    The idea for me was it was a dedicated night to paint; which was then replaced with swim practice, choir concerts, art classes across town......to sum it up...kids schedules have gotten in the way.  Well I finally started playing...

Well I've been practicing and the girls and I painted the fall island together:





I think we did amazingly well considering this was our first attempt.  We used cutting mats from the kitchen as boards for our paper to be taped to and were able to watch the tutorial from the Youtube video on the large tv in the living room; which made it super fun!

This was my second robin painting and I think I am finally starting to get the hang of it.  I of course see all the things I would and should do differently next time, but that is what art is...it's an expression and takes practice. 




So I'll be rinsing out my brushes and practicing a bit more this weekend...good clean watercolor fun.

Happy crafting....Lynda

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Beautiful life canvas

Recent events within the crafting industry have made me do a lot of soul searching for what my true purpose is for creating and sharing.  I feel best when I use art to express myself.  I love being inky and painty and just get messy.  Being creative is a great stress reliever for me and since my job is very analytical (finance), being artistic exercises the other half of my brain and allows me to be a bit "illogical" for a while; which is a good thing.  I love being able to invoke feelings and emotions with colors and images.  I love finding new ways to incorporate things I have in my stash into projects in unusual and unexpected ways.  The idea of being able to share a project to teach others that creating beautiful things is as easy as following steps makes me happy.

This canvas is a prime example of just those things...paying homage to the start of spring and blending techniques together to create something that I adore.




I started with a small canvas from the Artists Loft line by Michaels.  I picked coordinating papers by designer Aga Baraniak; from her Bohemian Romance line; using paper from the 8x8 paper pack and the Mixed Media Pack.  I decided to make my flower from this wonderful journal paper in the paper pack.  I cut out a single leaf and then used it as a pattern to cut the remaining petals.  I inked the edges of each petal and set them aside.


I picked a piece of green from the mixed media pack and cut out leaves for the flower stem.  I then used a stylus to etch in veins on each leaf.


I then picked out the base papers for the canvas.  I trimmed them to the size of the canvas and used Mod Podge to adhere them to the canvas.  I then set it aside to dry.


I loved the rough edge on the brown paper I used on the bottom and left the edges that rough around the entire canvas.


I used blue watercolor paint to change the top piece from white to a sky blue color.  Using white paint, I started to add some extra details to the solid colors.  I like to use bubble wrap to add fun circles to my projects. 


I found this fun piece of cutout paper in the Mixed Media pack and thought it would make a fun stencil.  Using the same white paint I added some of these rose images to the canvas for extra details.


I really like the image left behind using this as a stencil:


I cute a long piece of jute and wound it into a circle.  I then added it to the flower center using Mod Podge.


I love how much this jute adds to the flower...  I then used a black marker to add little details along the stem and other places on the canvas for some character.  Once all the details are just so, cover the entire surface with another layer of Mod Podge to seal it in.


The title is cut from the top piece from a single sheet of the Compose your Life Beautiful Life paper by Aga Baraniak.  I added it to the canvas using Mod Podge, drawing some lines around each cut out piece and then sealing the surface with a final coat of Mod Podge.




I adore this canvas; from the rough texture of the brown paper at the base that looks like dirt, to the veins I added to the leaves and the little scraggly bits of jute extending from the flower center..  It makes me so happy to look out into my garden and see the colors of Spring popping out all over and this canvas reminds me of that.

Happy springtime crafting.....Lynda

Friday, March 29, 2019

Bohemian cottage

So I am excited to share with you today this awesome project I made using this adorable little Maya Road cottage I had in my stash and some amazing papers from the Bohemian Romance line from Canvas Corp.  I knew straight away when I opened the Mixed Media Pack from the Bohemian Romance line that I had to use some of the paper to make a home decor piece. 
Products used for the bohemian romance cottage:
Canvas Corp Bohemian Romance Mixed Media Pack
Tattered Angels High Impact paint – Grey
Tattered Angels High Impact Metallic Paint – Copper
chipboard house by Maya Road
mod podge
paintbrush
scissors, paper trimmer, hole punch


Start by painting on your first coat of the Grey High Impact Paint onto the chipboard windows and door.

I like to label all my sides when working with a dimensional item; so you will see the numbers on the back of the paper and each side of the cottage. I then trim down the pattern paper and label it with the corresponding side number. This makes it easier when adding the papers to the project using mod podge. Add all the pieces to the building sides and roof. For the roof I used binder clips to secure in place as it was drying because of the raised center of the roof line.

Add a second layer of paint onto the windows and door. Set them aside to dry as you work on final touches of the house. 

I added Copper paint along the roof edge to tie in with the copper roof paper. Use liquid adhesive to add the window and door to the house. I used a hole punch to cut a doorknob from the roofing paper to tie the entire house’s look together.




I love my little cottage and it proudly sits on the side table.
I hope this project has encouraged you to check out the Mixed Media paper packs for all the Canvas Corp lines…it is a great way to get a sampling of papers that are amazing for all your projects!
Happy crafting!   Lynda

Monday, March 25, 2019

Spring Pots with Tattered Angels paints.


Today I'm sharing with you these fabulous pots I made using Tattered Angels High Impact paint, texture paste, and white glue...



For this pot I based the entire pot in the tan High Impact paint.   Let that base coat dry completely before moving on to the next step.  Next coat the pot with white glue and while still tacky painted over it with the turquoise color. Heat the surface with a heat tool to create the crackle effect.  The thicker the glue, the bigger the cracks...  I like to make the glue thicker in some places so the cracking and striping look more random.




For this pot, I used the turquoise High Impact paint as the base coat.  I also trimmed the very top rim with copper High Impact paint. I added copper paint to some texture paste and added it to the pot to add lots of texture. Once the paint and texture paste are fully dry, I added a layer of white glue.  While the glue was still tacky, I painted over it with a layer of turquoise High Impact paint. I then heated the entire pot surface with the heat tool and the crackle happened showing through all the great colors and textures.  It really looks like patina on metal!





There are some wonderful painted pot ideas featured on the Canvas Corp Blog!!

Happy crafting...Lynda

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Bella and Simon

Hi Time for Tea fans...So excited to share with you today a project featuring a combination of images from two new releases.... The main image is Beats Bella and the kitty is from the add on Sleeping Simon kitty image from the Reading Rosie and Ralph set. Both images are colored with Prismacolor Pencils. I then fussy cut the main image out and fussy cut Simon. I found this wonderful pattern paper in my stash and added it to my card base. I then added the LOVE to the front; which was a paperclip that I snapped the back off of. I used my fussy cutting skills to trim away her hands from her body and phone and tucked that cute little kitty right there on her lap! Simon has a little bit of foam tape behind his body to keep him up on her lap and it also makes her hands stand up a bit from the rest of the image.


You can find these and all the new release images in the new Time For Tea Designs website here:




Happy crafting....Lynda




Sunday, December 02, 2018

Happy Fall Winter Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop time!!!

So anyone that knows me knows I love a few things for sure....all things cat/dog...and coffee.....  I have accumulated a good number of coffee themed shirts and we have more mugs than any one family should ever have, but I can't help myself...

I love when the Coffee Loving Cardmakers get hopping...always a good reason to pull out my coffee themed images and get busy.  This time I started with this wonderful chipboard from Creative Embellishments.  I was lucky enough to win a prize from their online party a little while ago and picked out this awesome saying "Life Happens Coffee Helps"...  I started by painting the piece with High Impact Black paint from Tattered Angels and set it aside to dry.  I then printed this fun "Time for Tea Girl" from Time For Tea Designs.  I colored her in with prismacolored pencils and fussy cut the image out.  I then assembled my card by first covering the card base (5 x 7 white card with matching envelope from Canvas Corp Brands) with some scrap pattern paper I have from the Prima Legdger Pad.  I then used liquid glue to add the chipboard and a tape runner to add the image.  I then used some black ink to distress the edges of the entire card.



Be sure to check out all the amazing entries along the hop...I end up making quite the list of must have new coffee themed images by the time I am done hopping along!

Happy crafting....Lynda

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Remaking a Target dollar spot pumpkin

So if you are like me...you can't make a trip through Target without stopping at least once in the dollar spot section.  When the fall and Halloween items were put out I picked up one of these plain white pumpkins so it would match everything.  Little did I know that I would be inspired to switch up this pumpkin with some wonderful sprays.  Here is what I started with:


 I used a piece of recycled bubble wrap and sprayed it with irRESISTible NEON Electric Blue and irRESISTible Pear Tart texture sprays.  I then pressed the bubble wrap into and all around the pumpkin to achieve the desired coating and pattern.  I paid extra attention to the grooves of the pumpkin making sure to coat the surface evenly, but allowing bits of the white to show through. 




I then used a piece of white wire trim and curled it to look like the little vines on a pumpkin.  I added the trim and a coordinating leaf from my stash to the pumpkin using liquid adhesive. 


I love how this piece now looks and the transformation from bland to grand with some fantastic color and texture was done in less than a half hour.

Happy crafting....Lynda